Michael Leon Lawrence
February 26, 1969 – November 13, 2020
Michael Leon Lawrence died November 13, 2020. Born in Valdosta, Georgia on February 26, 1969 to Vivian Harrison Lawrence, he and his mother traveled back to Texas when he was 2 weeks old. He was raised in Baytown by his mother and grandparents, Vernon and Claire Harrison.
Michael grew up in the Goose Creek school system attending San Jacinto Elementary, Baytown Junior High, and his beloved Robert E Lee High School. While at Lee, he was a member of the JROTC, football team, Christian Student Union, and a Gander Carrier his senior year. Throughout high school, he was a member of the First Baptist Church (Rollingbrook Fellowship) youth group. After graduating in 1987 from Robert E. Lee, Michael attended Lee College where, as a member of the Baptist Student Union, he met his first wife, Denise Voris. They were married in 1989 and had one daughter, Michaela Rae Lawrence of whom he adored.
After working in the plants for over 20 years, Michael was dismissed because of health problems. After working several odd jobs, Michael had his first heart attack in 2012. While in the hospital, he reconnected with his high school crush, Susan Butaud. The day he was released from the hospital, they went on their first date seeing the movie Wreck It Ralph and sharing a meal at El Toro’s. They married eight months later on July 6, 2013 where he not only got a wife, but a new daughter that he loved, Sydnie Butaud.
A lifelong Texas A&M, Dallas Cowboy and Houston Astro fan, Michael knew more about statistics, players, and trivia than most. Although he and Susan did not share a love for football, they adored watching Astros baseball together.
Michael is preceded in death by his mother and grandparents, cousin BJ Harrison, Aunt Cindy Harrison, and his father-in-law, Arthur Butaud Sr. who he lovingly referred to as Poppy. He is survived by his beloved wife, Susan, his daughters Michaela and Sydnie, his mother-in-law, Fonda Butaud, sister-in-law Kellie Butaud Skarda (Scott), brother-in-law Arthur Butaud Jr.(Kelly), and nieces Ashlee Glatter, Lauren Butaud Moorehead (Jared), Alyssa Skarda (Danny), and Hope Thorne, his future son-in-law Trey Willis, Uncle Bill Harrison, and Aunt Becky Harrison Dukarm (Edward), and cousins, Donald Dukarm, Paul Dukarm, Robert Reynolds, and Chris Harrison.
After cremation, a celebration of life is being planned for February, 26, 2021.
In lieu of flowers, donations are accepted to help pay for Michael’s medical bills.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Michael Leon Lawrence
November 22, 2020
Michael and I were great friends in high school. He was one of the most generous, caring, and most important, genuine human being I was glad to call my friend.
He introduced me to the movie The Terminator and we saw the movie Platoon when it was playing at the theater. Unfortunately a year after high school we lost contact and I never got to know the man he would become. After reading passages from those who wrote before me he was the same person I new in high school just more mature, compassionate, and wiser. I can also say without a doubt, that because of his Faith, he is with our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you Jesus!! Because of your sacrifice Michael, myself and all who knew him will one day be with you in Eternity.
Michael, my friend, this isn’t goodbye but see you later...
November 17, 2020
I can't believe this! Michael was my classmate at Sanford Brown college. He was a kind soul with a big heart! We kept in touch on social media. Im in shock! May Michael rest in peace. My heart and condolences to his wife and daughters. His whole family. ❤
November 16, 2020
You where always quick to send a short message when our Cowboys Won or lost !! Miranda and I send our condolences and prayers!
November 16, 2020
Michael and his family lived next door to us when he was growing up. He was like one our own boys. We reconnected on Facebook a few years ago. He will be missed.